UK organised crime expert gets DPP job

| 11/01/2022 | 23 Comments
Cayman News Service
Simon Davis, the new director of public prosecutions (photo courtesy of St Philips Chambers)

(CNS): Simon Davis, a UK barrister based in Birmingham, has been appointed as the director of public prosecutions (DPP) on a three year contract from 1 March 2022. Davis is not a QC but officials said he will come to the Cayman Islands “with significant prosecutorial, leadership and management experience”. Davis has a history of prosecuting organised crime and fraud.

When he arrives, he will take over from Candia James-Malcolm, the deputy DPP who has been acting as the director in the Office of the DPP since the unexpected departure of Patrick Moran in May last year. According to a press release from the governor’s office, Davis was selected following a formal recruitment exercise by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, who recommended him.

Thanking James-Malcolm for her stewardship during the transition Governor Martyn Roper welcomed the new DPP.

“Led by Mr Davis and supported by Mrs James-Malcolm, the senior leadership team and all the staff in the ODPP, I am confident that the ODPP will be strengthened. The ODPP continues to have an essential role underpinning the rule of law in our jurisdiction, a fundamental element of our democratic system” he said.

Davis is currently based at St Philips Chambers, Birmingham, and has over 30 years experience prosecuting cases involving terrorism, serious organised crime, modern slavery, exploitation of children, drug and gun supply, homicide, fraud and proceeds of crime. He has particular experience in prosecuting cases involving organised crime groups, officials said. Many of his cases were said to involve IT, cybersecurity and multi-jurisdictional challenges.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m happy to see the selection made for this post. I’m sure it wasn’t what a certain nationality in there was hoping for.

    When this gentleman attempts to cleanup their act, they will call him racist too.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Worrying to see how the public is acutely aware of the deficiencies in the DPPs Office. Hopefully this is a wake up call for all of those in the DPPS office even before the new head starts. Your reputation is apparently well known so time to clean up your act and move forward strong.

    • Anonymous says:

      That place is so dysfunctional there is no real leader or leadership until the new DPP comes. Hopefully he can clean up the huge mess and not get thwarted by politics

  3. Anonymous says:

    Pick up the big wage and enjoy the lifestyle but don’t expect to change ANYTHING in that dept. You’re up against a cabal and there will only be one winner and it won’t be you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Many posts on CNS over the past few years have asked the leadership of the ODPP to commission a thorough external review of that office and its staff. Hopefully this new appointee will do something. We have had enough of ‘same old, same old’. A relevant viewpoint and many comments can be found here –

  5. Anon says:

    Everyone I know who’s gone to work in Cayman has thrown in the towel and returned home within 2 years. Think I’ll stick to holidays!

    • Anonymous says: says:

      Thank you governor, Now can we please have changes within the Prison, and Police also we had enough of these same nation too, too many of one kind do a survey with Prisons, Police Judaical the numbers is high bring in more Brits, thank you Sir.Too many of them in fairness we need better outcomes for the new comings coming back from UK universities and choose not to do criminal instead corporate Law

  6. Anonymous says:

    I bet the slackers in the DPP call him a racist in the first six months so they can get rid of him…he should have chatted with Mr Moran before putting his hat in the ring.

    • Anonymous says:

      7:33 – He very likely chatted with Mr. Moran and knows what he’s walking into. Let’s hope he knows how to protect himself from the lazy staff that may raise BS issues to topple him. Once he tells them to work, it’s game on!

      • Anonymous says: says:

        Excellent choice governor thank you, Please train young attorneys from locals and other jurisdiction mainly United Kingdom and Ireland, Why they have the people of these Island at heart there work ethics is professional and works very hard. Mr. Roper we now have a professional who can train. Mr. Moran am sure tried his best poor man am glad for this new venue as a local. Its time we move toward transparency to see results too many of two nations in DPP.

      • Anonymous says: says:

        like the opportunist prosecutors.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hope he succeeds and is able to weed that group of corrupt prosecutors who protect their friends and those in their clique.

    • Anonymous says: says:

      Great pick”I hope Mr. Moran give him a good lecture before hand positive one in ways to get rid of the bad deeds also welcome Mr. Davis Thank you governor on behalf of these Islands great pick be prepare Sir, Your out for A very interested job in a hot seat welcome bring all the Brits with you to prosecute and train Cayman people.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant hire!

    Davis welcome to Cayman.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Here we go….

  9. Anonymous says:

    Seems like an excellent hire. This is consistent with the recent hires and promotions in the Civil Service.

    More and more highly capable Caymanians are joining the Civil Service these days. Which I am very proud to see.

    Mr Davies welcome to the land of milk and honey.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I hope his first order of business is to make the prosecutors treat all nationalities the same under the law and not favor Caymanians – or non-Caymanians – when it comes to prosecuting someone.

    Same goes for high-profile people (say, a Politician. From, oh…I don’t know, West Bay?) versus a regular Joe or Jane.

    Don’t play favorites.

    The law is the law is the law.

    • Anonymous says:

      All true. BUT when an offender is an expat can we please ensure that they are deported on completion of their sentence? Our current authorities seem to pretty consistently ignore that option.

    • Anonymous says:

      The land where an 18 year old quarantine violator (who tested negative for covid and didn’t actually put the public at risk) receives a much harsher punishment than a homophobic politician who physically beats a waitress on camera.

    • Anonymous says:

      Boy you fool, the rich are above the law

  11. Anonymous says:

    Well, things almost have to improve.

    • Anonymous says:

      The only way to go is up. I truly believe and hope we are already at rock bottom as far as this ODPP office is concerned

  12. Anonymous says:

    Great news. Can we now have some cops of equivalent caliber and give them the tools and equipment they need.

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